ERIC Number: ED353406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Breakers: An Organizational Simulation for Vocational Education Professionals.
Finch, Curtis R.
This 9-12 hour organizational simulation enables participants to assume responsibility for operating a fictional technical college serving 10,000 students by taking on the roles of 10 college officials (president, vice presidents, deans, and campus administrators). Based on interviews with 117 vocational education administrators and instructors employed in 38 secondary and postsecondary institutions, the simulation has been field tested at 4 universities and is designed to stand alone or in tandem with a leadership course or program. The document consists of guidelines for conducting the simulation, orientation materials from the fictional technical college, and role materials that spark the simulation activities for each of the 10 administrators. The guidelines provide the simulation director (and one or two assistants) lists of required supplies and materials and checklists of tasks to be accomplished before, during, and after the simulation. Orientation materials include information about the simulation situation and information about the fictional technical college, such as its mission statement, programs and services offered, a map of its geographical area, and a table of organization. Role materials include the following: position descriptions, memoranda, letters, reports, organization charts, and information about the history, physical description, mission, program areas, and organization of the technical college. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Administration, College Presidents, Deans, Educational Administration, Educational Games, Experiential Learning, Laboratory Training, Leadership Training, Management Development, Management Games, Postsecondary Education, Simulation, Supervisory Training, Technical Institutes, Vocational Directors
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.